Performance Reporting Communications

  • April 16, 2021

    2021 Accountability Manual

    Chapters 1–11 of the 2021 Accountability Manual are now available. Because of the required administrative rulemaking process, these chapters are not yet final. The public comment period on the proposed rules (including the manual) opened today and closes on Monday, May 17, 2021. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    Chapters Currently Available for Public Comment

    "Chapter 1—2021 Accountability Overview" briefly describes the 2021 accountability system.

    “Chapter 2—Student Achievement Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Student Achievement domain.

    “Chapter 3—School Progress Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the School Progress domain.

    “Chapter 4—Closing the Gaps Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Closing the Gaps domain.

    “Chapter 5—Calculating 2021 Ratings” describes the methodology used to assign accountability ratings. Note: All districts and campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label this year.

    “Chapter 6—Distinction Designations” describes the methodology used to award distinction designations. Note: Distinction Designations will not be awarded this year.

    “Chapter 7—Other Accountability System Processes” describes the campus pairing process and alternative education accountability provisions.

    “Chapter 8—Appealing the Ratings” describes the process for appealing ratings. Note: Due to the Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster labels applied for 2021, appeals will not be an option this year.

    “Chapter 9—Responsibilities and Consequences” describes the responsibilities of TEA, the responsibilities of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, and the consequences to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools related to accountability and interventions.

    “Chapter 10—Identification of Schools for Improvement” provides information on the federally required identification of schools for improvement.

    “Chapter 11—Local Accountability Systems” describes the Local Accountability Systems.

    The remaining chapter and appendices will be posted throughout the summer.

  • April 9, 2021

    2021 Accountability Waiver Request

    The 2021 accountability waiver request for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan was approved this week. TEA sought to waive the following accountability and school identification requirements:

    • To measure progress toward long-term and interim goals
    • To meaningfully differentiate all public schools
    • To adjust the Academic Achievement indicator based on a participation rate below 95 percent
    • To identify schools for comprehensive, targeted, and additional targeted support and improvement based on data from the 2020–21 school year

    Additionally, TEA sought to waive federal report card provisions for accountability data not available for the 2020–21 school year, such as Academic Growth.

    Please direct any questions on TEA's ESSA waiver to Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    Advanced Placement (AP) in College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR)

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, AP exams were given in a single May administration. In 2019–20, the College Board added June and August administrations. Test results from all administrations will be included in 2021 accountability data. This year, students can complete assessments in school and at home during one of three administrations between May and June. Regardless of the testing location or administration date, Performance Reporting will include all AP results in 2022 accountability reporting.

    Please contact Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov with questions on the use of AP test results.

     
  • April 2, 2021

    Performance Reporting released several products in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability this week, and the 2021 Accountability Rating System webpage is now live. Continue checking in to stay up to date on important 2021 accountability releases and developments.

    As a reminder, district staff need a TEAL account to view confidential student listings and reports. You can request access on the TEAL Login Page. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance through the TEA Help Desk.

    Product

    Description

    Date

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Preregistered List and Registration

    Action is only required for districts that wish to remove a campus from the preregistered list.

    Campuses newly eligible for AEA were automatically preregistered for 2021. Alternative education campuses (AECs) that were registered for AEA in 2020 and continue to meet eligibility were automatically reregistered for 2021. Campuses must meet either the 75 percent at-risk criterion or the prior-year TSDS PEIMS at-risk safeguard provision. Additionally, campuses must have at least 90 percent of their students enrolled in grades 6–12, as verified through 2020–21 PEIMS fall enrollment data.

    Now available

    Preregistered AEA List  

    March 29 – April 9, 2021: AEA Auto Registration/Rescission Process in TEAL

    May 2021: Final AEA List Released

    Release 1 of 2: 2021 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Tracker

    This tracking tool provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot. As a reminder, these data lag.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA. This report is for informational purposes only.

    Now available in TEAL

    Accelerated Testers Final Listing

    Students who complete a STAAR EOC at the Approaches Grade Level or above standard in Algebra I, English II, and/or Biology prior to grade 9. The final listing attributes students to where they were enrolled in grade 12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot. More information is available here.  

    Now available in TEAL

  • March 26, 2021

    Performance Reporting will release several products in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability next week.

    As a reminder, district staff need a TEAL account to view confidential student listings and reports. You can request access on the TEAL Login Page. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance through the TEA Help Desk.

    Product

    Description

    Date

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Preregistered List and Registration

    Campuses newly eligible for AEA are automatically preregistered for 2021. Alternative education campuses (AECs) that were registered for AEA in 2020 and continue to meet eligibility are automatically reregistered for 2021. Campuses must meet either the 75 percent at-risk criterion or the prior-year TSDS PEIMS at-risk safeguard provision. Additionally, campuses must have at least 90 percent of their students enrolled in grades 6–12, as verified through 2020–21 PEIMS fall enrollment data.

    March 29 – April 9, 2021

    Release 1 of 2: 2021 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Tracker

    This tracking tool provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot. As a reminder, these data lag.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA. This report is for informational purposes only.

    March 31, 2021

    Accelerated Testers Final Listing

    Students who complete a STAAR EOC at the Approaches Grade Level or above standard in Algebra I, English II, and/or Biology prior to grade 9 must fulfill federal testing requirements by taking a corresponding subject area SAT or ACT while in high school. The final listing attributes students to where they were enrolled in grade 12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot.  

    April 2, 2021

     
  • March 26, 2021

    Performance Reporting will release several products in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability next week.

    As a reminder, district staff need a TEAL account to view confidential student listings and reports. You can request access on the TEAL Login Page. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance through the TEA Help Desk.

    Product

    Description

    Date

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Preregistered List and Registration

    Campuses newly eligible for AEA are automatically preregistered for 2021. Alternative education campuses (AECs) that were registered for AEA in 2020 and continue to meet eligibility are automatically reregistered for 2021. Campuses must meet either the 75 percent at-risk criterion or the prior-year TSDS PEIMS at-risk safeguard provision. Additionally, campuses must have at least 90 percent of their students enrolled in grades 6–12, as verified through 2020–21 PEIMS fall enrollment data.

    March 29 – April 9, 2021

    Release 1 of 2: 2021 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Tracker

    This tracking tool provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot. As a reminder, these data lag.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA. This report is for informational purposes only.

    March 31, 2021

    Accelerated Testers Final Listing

    Students who complete a STAAR EOC at the Approaches Grade Level or above standard in Algebra I, English II, and/or Biology prior to grade 9 must fulfill federal testing requirements by taking a corresponding subject area SAT or ACT while in high school. The final listing attributes students to where they were enrolled in grade 12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot.  

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  • March 19, 2021

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA)

    As mentioned in the March 5, 2021 bulletin, AEA grades 6–12 enrollment criterion has been updated from 50% to 90% in response to an AEA taskforce recommendation. This adjustment aligns with the original intent of limiting AEA provisions to middle and high schools. This update disqualified 22 campuses from AEA for 2021:

    • 11 Alternative Education Campuses (AEC) of Choice
      • 8 PK–12 charter campuses
      • 2 ISD AECs that have not received ratings due to unique programs
      • 1 ISD AEC
    • 11 Residential Treatment Facilities (which do not receive accountability ratings, even in a typical year, regardless of AEA status)

    As a reminder, all districts and campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label regardless of AEA status for 2021. The 2021 AEA list will be used or informational purposes by TEA divisions such as AskTED, PEIMS, and the Charter Schools Division.

     
  • March 12, 2021

    Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) 2.0 Diagnostic Results Excluded from Accountability

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    The diagnostic test, which is not administered to all students, alters the blueprint of the test, and when used in accountability raises comparability concerns when comparing TSIA 2.0 results between districts and campuses. Due to this concern, Performance Reporting does not plan to use TSIA 2.0 diagnostic results in College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) accountability components.

    Performance Reporting will process TSIA 1.0 and 2.0 for the Class of 2021 and will continue to use TSIA 1.0 outcomes for accountability and outcomes bonuses as long as graduates have eligible 1.0 outcomes. TAPR will report outcomes for both TSIA 1.0 and 2.0 for several years during the overlap.

    The TSIA 2.0 CCMR criteria will be adopted into rule in the 2022 Accountability Manual which details the use of TSIA for both accountability and outcomes bonuses. TEA will analyze the THECB data to evaluate the actual use of the TSIA 2.0 diagnostic over the next year. The 2022 Accountability Manual will be available next spring.

     
  • March 5, 2021

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Auto Registration in TEAL

    The 2021 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system opens March 29, 2021 and closes April 9, 2021. The registration process is conducted online using the TEA TEAL Accountability application. Alternative education campuses (AECs) designated for 2020 AEA provisions are re-registered automatically in 2021, provided the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. If a campus was registered in 2020 using the at-risk safeguard and does not meet the at-risk enrollment criterion again in 2021, the campus is not eligible for AEA and is not re-registered for AEA in 2021. Campuses that were not registered in 2020 but meet eligibility in 2021 are automatically registered for AEA by the agency. No action is required on a district’s part unless the district chooses to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures. Districts may rescind AEA registration by submitting an AEA rescission form in TEAL during the AEA window.

    Please note, AEA grades 6–12 enrollment criterion has been updated from 50% to 90% in response to the AEA’s taskforce recommendation as announced in the 2021 Accountability Framework. This adjustment aligns with the original intent of limiting AEA provisions to middle and high schools.

    While all districts and campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label for 2021, the 2021 AEA list will be used for informational purposes by the AskTED, PEIMS, and Charter School teams at the agency.

    2021 Assessment Results

    District’s should exercise caution when using 2021 assessment outcomes for evaluating or planning purposes. Assessment data from 2021 should be used in conjunction with other, more stable data points and local data that documents the impact of COVID-19 on instruction.

    Performance Reporting will not publish a 2021 A–F Estimator. The impact of COVID-19 will vary greatly among districts and campuses, and the scaling set in 2018 may not appropriately account for variations in 2021 outcomes.

     
  • February 26, 2021

    Due to the inclement weather and associated outages last week, the February Accountability Policy and Technical Advisory Committee meetings were cancelled. However, materials that were developed for this meeting have been posted on the 2021 Accountability Development Materials page. The next meeting will be held in April.

  • February 12, 2021

    2021 Accountability Framework Released

    The 2021 Academic Accountability Framework has been released and can be accessed on the 2021 Accountability Development page. For frequently asked questions, please consult the 2021 Academic Accountability Framework FAQ document. Please contact performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-9704 with any additional questions.

    AskTED Accountability Listserv

    Performance Reporting has a new accountability directors ListServ pulled from AskTED that we will utilize for future communications about Performance Reporting product releases! This ListServ was created to ensure that district and charter school accountability contacts as well as superintendents receive our notifications. District AskTED coordinators should view their AskTED Accountability contact by searching for the district or charter school here and reach out to their TED Administrator to add or remove any Accountability contacts. Please note, charter schools must contact CharterAskTed@tea.texas.gov to make changes to their AskTED pages.

     
  • February 5, 2021

    2021 Accountability Manual

    Despite the Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label being assigned to all campuses and districts in 2021, Performance Reporting will produce an accountability manual. The 2021 Accountability Manual will clarify how the system will accommodate and account for the COVID-19 impact while processing available data. The manual will be available for public comment April 9–May 10, 2021. Manual appendices will also be published later this spring.

    AskTED Accountability Listserv

    Performance Reporting has a new accountability directors ListServ pulled from AskTED that we will utilize for future communications about Performance Reporting product releases! This ListServ was created to ensure that district and charter school accountability contacts as well as superintendents receive our notifications. District AskTED coordinators should view their AskTED Accountability contact by searching for the district or charter school here and reach out to their TED Administrator to add or remove any Accountability contacts. Please note, charter schools must contact CharterAskTed@tea.texas.gov to make changes to their AskTED pages.

     
  • January 29, 2021

    AskTED Accountability Listserv

    Performance Reporting has a new accountability directors ListServ pulled from AskTED that we will utilize for future communications about Performance Reporting product releases! This ListServ was created to ensure that district and charter school accountability contacts as well as superintendents receive our notifications. Districts should view their AskTED Accountability contact by searching for the district or charter school here and reach out to their TED Administrator to add or remove any Accountability contacts. Please note, charter schools must contact CharterAskTed@tea.texas.gov to make changes to their AskTED pages.

     
  • January 15, 2021

    2021 Accountability Data Reporting

    Campuses and districts can expect the same data reporting as was released in 2019 except for scaled scores and letter grades, which will not be assigned. Data tables will be released both publicly on TXschools.gov and on Performance Reporting’s webpages. Unmasked data tables and confidential student listings will be released in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application.

    Other 2021 accountability processes will still occur such as pairing, alternative education accountability registration, and campus comparison group assignment.

    Graduation Rate Amendment Impact

    Per the To the Administrator Addressed released January 7, 2021, the approval of the January 2020 amendment to the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan adjusted the Closing the Gaps graduation rate methodology. Examples of the new methodology follow.

    Economically Disadvantaged Student Group

    A campus’s economically disadvantaged graduation rate fell from 98.1% in 2019 to 97.8% in 2020. This student group meets the updated criteria as its graduation rate is still above the four-year long-term goal of 94.0% and shows an improvement over the economically disadvantaged Class of 2015 baseline rate of 86.0%.

    Asian Student Group

    A campus’s Asian graduation rate fell from 96.4% in 2019 to 94.8% in 2020. This student group does not meet the updated criteria. While its graduation rate is above the four-year long-term goal of 94.0%, it did not show an improvement over the Asian Class of 2015 baseline rate of 95.0%.

    For more information, please see the graduation rate methodology flowchart and federal four-year graduation rate baselines in Appendix A here.

  • January 8, 2021

    Approval of January 2020 Amendment to the State's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

    On December 22, 2020, TEA received approval from U.S. Department of Education (USDE) of its January 2020 amendment to adjust the Closing the Gaps domain graduation rate methodology used in the academic accountability system, as well as the methodology used to identify schools for support and improvement.

    As a reminder, TEA has proposed ESSA addendum and amendment requests currently open for public comment until January 11, 2021.These addendum and amendment requests propose additional adjustments to the state plan to account for the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 school year.

    Graduation Rate Methodology

    TEA and the USDE negotiated the following methodology for the graduation rate component of the Closing the Gaps domain:

    1. Did the student group meet the four-year long-term graduation rate target of 94.0% and demonstrate improvement of at least 0.1% over its baseline rate?
    2. If #1 is no, did the student group meet the four-year interim graduation rate target of 90.0% and demonstrate improvement of at least 0.1% over the prior year rate?
    3. If #1 and #2 are no, did the student group meet its four-year graduation rate growth target? The growth target is calculated as follows.

    Did the student group demonstrate sufficient growth from the prior year in order to meet the long-term graduation rate target of 94.0% (i.e. a 10% decrease in difference between the prior year rate and the long-term target)?

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    For example, the 2019 four-year federal graduation rate for the special education student group was 66.7%, and the 2020 four-year federal graduation rate was 70.0%. Using this methodology, the student group would meet the growth target as demonstrated below:

    70.0

    For more information, please see the Closing the Gaps graduation rate methodology flowchart or view the To The Administrator Addressed announcement from January 7, 2021.

    Federal School Improvement Identification

    TEA will use of the six-year federal graduation rate to identify any Title I or non-Title I campus that does not attain at least a 67 percent graduation rate for comprehensive support and improvement.

    TEA will escalate Title I additional targeted support campuses to comprehensive support and improvement after three consecutive years, rather than escalating Title I targeted support and improvement campuses. Additional information on the adjusted escalation timeline is available in the ESSA addendum currently posted for public comment.

  • December 18, 2020

    2021 Accountability Ratings

    As was shared in the December 10, 2020 To The Administrator Addressed correspondence, TEA will not calculate domain or overall scaled scores or A­–F rating labels for 2021 accountability. Performance Reporting will continue to report all available data: STAAR outcomes; College, Career, and Military Readiness outcomes; and graduation/dropout rates. These data will be published in August 2021 accountability data tables and on associated 2021 releases such as TAPR and the School Report Card.

    We have received numerous questions about the availability of a 2021 A­–F Estimator. While existing estimators will remain on the website, Performance Reporting staff would caution against their use in an attempt to apply a “what if” rating to 2021 outcomes. The impact of COVID-19 may vary greatly between districts and campuses. The scaling set in 2018 may not appropriately account for variations in 2021 outcomes.

    State and Federal School Report Cards Released

    The 2020 Federal Report Cards and 2020 School Report Cards (SRCs) are now available. Please note that due to COVID, parts of the report cards have not been updated.

    As a reminder, districts may exclude winter breaks from the SRC distribution timeline as required in TAC §61.1021.

    Accelerated Testers Student Listings Now Available

    Preliminary 2021 Accelerated Student Listings and explanatory materials are now available in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential. The Final 2021 Accelerated Student Listing will be released in March 2021 and will be updated to reflect accelerated testers reported by each district as enrolled in grade 12 for the 2020–21 PEIMS snapshot.

    As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan 2021 Addendum, TEA has requested to delay the implementation of this requirement until August 2022. If that request is granted, TEA will begin the inclusion of accelerated testers’ SAT/ACT results with 2022 accountability.

    Additional information on the inclusion methodology for accelerated testers is available on the Performance Reporting Resources page. A July 30, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed letter provides further details on the approved ESSA accelerated testers waiver.

    Preliminary 2019 College, Career, and Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus (CCMR OB) Student Listings Now Available

    Preliminary 2019 CCMR OB Student Listings are now available in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. This listing is preliminary, and the State Funding Division will use this listing to generate preliminary 2020-21 CCMR OB funding. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential.

    Additional information on CCMR OB criteria, as well as the use of military enlistment data is available on the Performance Reporting Resources page. An October 29, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed letter provides further details on the proposed thresholds and timeline.

    If you have questions regarding CCMR OB criteria or student listings, please contact TEA's Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    For questions regarding funding, please contact the State Funding Division at (512) 463-9238 or sfinance@tea.texas.gov.

  • December 11, 2020

    Yesterday the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced a pause for 2021 A–F ratings and its intent to submit addendum and amendment requests to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). TEA will continue to process and report 2020–21 data to districts, stakeholders, and the USDE. Additional information will be provided in next week’s bulletin. A one pager is also available on the Performance Reporting Resources webpage that provides a brief overview of the agency’s federal requests.

    The 2019 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) advanced data downloads are now available. This download option provides additional indicators that are available in the HTML version of the TAPR as well as numerators and denominators.

  • December 4, 2020

    College, Career, or Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus (CCMR OB) Student Listings

    Performance Reporting released 2018 Annual Graduates CCMR OB Student Listings in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application on November 30, 2020. This listing is considered final and will be used by the State Funding Division to settle fiscal year 2019–20 CCMR OB funding. 

    College, Career, or Military Readiness (CCMR) in Academic Accountability Versus Outcomes Bonuses one-pager is available on the Performance Reporting resources page. The one-pager explains how the requirements for credit in the CCMR component of the academic accountability system differ from CCMR OB requirements. Additionally, an explanation of methodology and sources is available in TEAL which provides detailed data sources and timelines for CCMR OB indicators.

    Preliminary 2019 Annual Graduates CCMR OB Student Listings will be released in TEAL Accountability by January 1, 2021 and will be used to generate preliminary 2020–21 CCMR OB funding.

    An October 29, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed correspondence provided an update about CCMR OB thresholds, rule adoption, and funding.

     

    Update from the Division of College, Career, and Military Prep

     

    The TEAL SAT/ACT reimbursement request application opened on November 9 and closes on December 18. To prepare, districts should designate a point person at the district level for this project and ensure they have Accountability-level access in TEAL. Please view this presentation for more information. For questions, please contact TEA at advancedacademics@tea.texas.gov or at 512-463-9762.

  • November 20, 2020

    The 2019–20 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), glossary, and guidelines are now available here. Please note that due to the cancellation of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) on March 16, 2020, some sections of the 2019–20 TAPR were not able to be updated and instead contain 2018 and 2019 data.

    While the PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements, the TAPR system provides additional data to help inform stakeholders.

  • November 13, 2020

    Performance Reporting has received multiple inquiries about the potential impacts of STAAR answer document score codes on 2021 participation rates. The participation rate calculation for reading and mathematics as well as the most frequently asked questions are provided below:

    The target participation rate is 95 percent of students taking a state-administered assessment in reading and mathematics. Participation measures are based on STAAR and TELPAS assessment results.

    • STAAR Alternate 2 students with a No Authentic Academic Response (NAAR) designation are included as participants.
    • Students with the medical exception or medically exempt designations are not included in the participation rate calculation. This includes both STAAR and STAAR Alternate 2 students.

    The participation rate is calculated as follows using codes from the Consolidated Accountability File (CAF).

    Number of answer documents with a score code of S + Number of STAAR Alternate 2 testers with a score code of N + Number of A or O reading answer documents with a scored TELPAS or TELPAS Alternate assessment + Number of A or O mathematics answer documents with a scored TELPAS or TELPAS Alternate assessment for year 1 asylee/refugees and SIFEs

    ---divided by---

    Number scored (S) + Number absent (A) + No authentic academic response (N) + Other (O)

    If a campus marks an answer document with a score code of O (not scored) and an agency use code of 0 (remote instruction—not testing in person), would that test still be included in the denominator for the participation count?

    Under traditional federal participation rules, yes. The agency is seeking a federal participation waiver for 2021 accountability; however, without a participation waiver granted from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) all Os will be included as non-participants.

    If a campus were to mark an answer document with a score of A (absent) and submit the medical exclusion due to COVID or quarantine and the exclusion was approved, would that test be removed from the participation calculations?

    Yes.

    Is the purpose of the agency use code of 0 to be able to identify these specific O codes for not scored from the other O codes that are normally included (cheating, ill during testing)?

    Yes, the agency would like to be able to differentiate between traditional As/Os and As/Os that were a result of virtual learning, quarantine, or COVID-19.

  • November 6, 2020

    An October 29, 2020 To the Administrator Addressed correspondence provided an update about College, Career, or Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus (CCMR OB) thresholds, rule adoption, and funding.

    The proposed threshold percentages of annual graduates who demonstrate college, career, or military readiness for each of the following cohorts are as follows: 

    • 11% of annual graduates who are educationally disadvantaged 
    • 24% of annual graduates who are not educationally disadvantaged 
    • 0% of annual graduates who are enrolled in a special education program regardless of whether the annual graduates are educationally disadvantaged 

    Because of the required administrative rulemaking process, these thresholds are not yet final.

     

    Performance Reporting will release 2018 Annual Graduates CCMR OB Student Listings in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability by January 1, 2021. This listing will be considered final and will be used by the State Funding Division to settle up fiscal year 2019–20 CCMR OB funding. 

    Preliminary 2019 Annual Graduates CCMR OB Student Listings will also be released in TEAL Accountability by January 1, 2021, and will be used to generate preliminary 2020–21 CCMR OB funding.

  • October 30, 2020

    2020 Accountability Data Tables and Student Listing Now Available

    The 2020 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Student Listing and data table as well as the Graduation Rate data table are now available in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. The final 2020 CCMR Student Listing contains CCMR data for 2018–19 annual graduates and non-graduating 12th graders, including any approved submissions to the CCMR Verifier, while the data table only contains CCMR data for 2018–19 annual graduates. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential and can only be accessed by approved users.   

    The masked, public versions of the data tables, as well as a brief accountability summary report, are available on the 2020 Accountability Rating System webpage.

    2021 Accountability Development

    The Accountability Policy and Technical Advisory Committees met this week to discuss options for 2021 accountability. For those interested in following their work, meeting materials can be found on the 2021 Accountability Development Materials page. October meeting summaries will be posted in the coming weeks.

  • October 23, 2020

    2021–2022 Public Education Grand (PEG) List Available

    Last week, Performance Reporting released the 2021–2022 Public Education Grant (PEG) List. The PEG List identifies campuses that received an F rating in both the Student Achievement domain and the School Progress domain. However, because ratings were not issued in 2020, the campuses identified for PEG based on 2019 ratings remain on the 2021–2022 PEG List.

    More information can be found at the PEG FAQ page.

  • October 16, 2020

    Reporting Industry-Based Certifications in TSDS PEIMS

    The following notification, which was sent to superintendents and education service center (ESC) staff earlier this week, provides important information about the reporting of industry-based certifications (IBCs) in the upcoming TSDS PEIMS Fall Submission.

    An October 17, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed correspondence provided guidance for IBCs in the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS. IBCs earned by 2020 graduates and students in grades 9–12 between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 were to be reported in the TSDS PEIMS Summer Submission. IBCs earned between June 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 are to be reported in the TSDS PEIMS Fall Submission.

    Based on feedback from the field, COVID-19 impacted districts’ ability to accurately report IBCs in the TSDS PEIMS Summer Submission. As the agency needs an official record based on TSDS PEIMS data for IBC reimbursements and for the calculation of college, career, and military readiness (CCMR) data, districts will be able to report IBCs earned between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 in the 2020–2021 TSDS PEIMS Fall Submission. This reporting will be in addition to reporting all IBCs earned between June 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, also reported during this submission.

    This will be a one-time reporting extension to report only the IBCs earned during the September to May window that were not reported in the Summer Submission. Districts must take this opportunity to ensure IBC data are complete and accurate. Once the PEIMS Fall Submission resubmission deadline passes, districts will have no further opportunity to update or correct IBC data. Any IBC earned between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020, not reported in TSDS PEIMS will not be eligible for reimbursement, for use in accountability calculations, or for generating CCMR Outcomes Bonus funding.

    Districts submitting an IBC with a date outside of the June 1–August 31, 2020 range will receive a special warning in the TSDS PEIMS Fall Submission. Normally, districts would receive a fatal for reporting outside of the date range, but TEA will be downgrading this rule for this submission only. Districts should ensure all IBCs are entered with the correct date. Any IBC submitted with a date outside of the allowable September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 range will be considered invalid and will not be used for any purpose.

    The following table illustrates when an earned IBC should be reported for the 2019–2020, 2020–2021, and 2021–2022 school years.

    As a reminder, districts report only certifications earned while the student was enrolled in their district. If a student transfers between districts, the originating district reports the IBC along with the student’s leaver data, not the receiving district.

    IBC TAble

    If you have questions about IBC standards, reporting, or reimbursements please contact Advanced Academics within the Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation at (512) 463-9762. If you have questions about the use of IBCs in academic accountability, please contact the Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704.

    Understanding the College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Tracker

    This week Performance Reporting published a video to help users better understand the CCMR Tracker. This video provides a review of CCMR data sources, the purpose of the Tracker, how to navigate the Tracker, what districts should do if errors are found, and other frequently asked questions.

  • October 9, 2020

     

    Updated U.S. Armed Forces Enlistment Guidance

    Earlier this week, Performance Reporting provided the following guidance to superintendents and education service center staff regarding the reporting of U.S. Armed Forces enlistment:

    General Guidance

    Last fall the agency conducted numerous district special accreditation investigations in response to inflated and potentially bad faith reporting of students enlisting or intending to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.  As a result of actions on the part of certain districts, the agency revises its guidance from allowing districts significant discretion when reporting, to only accepting data that includes students falling into one of two categories: Confirmed Actual Enlistment and Confirmed Imminent Enlistment.  

    While the agency continues to work with the Department of Defense to obtain source data that accurately and precisely documents military enlistment, each district will continue to decide the methodology for collecting and documenting this indicator, subject to the following agency guidance:

    • “Confirmed Actual Enlistment” means students who, by December 31 immediately following high school graduation, are confirmed to be enlisted in the military
    • “Confirmed Imminent Enlistment” means students who, on the day of graduation, will enlist in the military by December 31 immediately following high school graduation
    • The methodology used must be developed and applied in good faith and not intended to artificially inflate the CCMR indicator
    • The methodology used must be reasonably calculated to accurately determine within a reasonable margin of error the Confirmed Actual Enlistment and Confirmed Imminent Enlistment of its graduating class
    • Districts must maintain verifiable, supporting documentation that may be reasonably determined by the agency to conclusively demonstrate and accurately account for Confirmed Actual Enlistment and Confirmed Imminent Enlistment
    • This documentation may be subject to audit by the agency

    Examples of methodologies that may be determined as bad faith if utilized by a district include, but are not be limited to the following:

    • Reporting students based solely on the district inducing student contact with a military recruiter (i.e. holding an assembly in the cafeteria with a military recruiter where student attendance is required or otherwise prompted by the district)
    • A district soliciting student signatures on forms, including but not limited to senior surveys, indicating the student’s intent to enlist in the military when the district possesses no other documented evidence of Confirmed Imminent Enlistment
    • Reporting students who have taken, but failed, the ASVAB
    • Reporting students based solely on a student taking the ASVAB when the test is administered by the district but possesses no additional evidence of enlistment once the student receives the results of the test
    • Reporting a student when there is evidence that the district is aware that the student is disqualified from military service
    • Reporting students when the district possesses no or inadequate documentation

    Recommended Methodology

    To demonstrate Confirmed Actual Enlistment, the agency will accept verifiable documentation from a military recruiter such as an email indicating enlistment, or any official Department of Defense document showing enlistment and acceptance into the United States military, so long as the enlistment occurs by December 31 immediately following high school graduation. 

    Additionally, the agency will consider it a rebuttable presumption that a district’s methodology used to determine Confirmed Imminent Enlistment is developed in good faith if the district’s methodology includes showing documented evidence of each of the following:

    1. The student obtains a passing score on the ASVAB;
    2. The student engages in a one on one meeting with a military recruiter at the request of the student;
    3. After passing the ASVAB and meeting with the military recruiter, the student executes a form indicating the intent to enlist in the military by December 31 immediately following high school graduation and the student personally delivers the form to the district and the military recruiter; and
    4. There is no evidence indicating that the student has been disqualified from military service or has otherwise indicated a subsequent lack of intent to enlist in the military.

    For all students reported with methodologies other than the recommended methodology, the burden is on the district to demonstrate that it has otherwise complied with the standards set out in this guidance.  Any district relying upon a methodology other than this recommended methodology acknowledges that compliance is solely determined by the Commissioner of Education.

    Reporting

    Each fall districts report military enlistment for the graduating class from the previous year in the TSDS PEIMS submission. Students should only be reported as enlisted in the United States Armed Forces if documentation supports Confirmed Actual Enlistment and/or Confirmed Imminent Enlistment. Districts use Element ID E1589 to indicate whether students enlisted in the United States Armed Forces. The data may be updated any time until the January resubmission deadline.

    WARNING

    EVIDENCE OF BAD FAITH REPORTING ON THE PART OF THE DISTRICT MAY LEAD TO AGENCY INTERVENTIONS INCLUDING THE LOWERING OF THE DISTRICT’S ACCREDITATION RATING,  INSTALLATION OF A MONITOR, CONSERVATOR, AND/OR BOARD OF MANAGERS, AND ANY OTHER INTERVENTION ALLOWED BY LAW. ANY INDIVIDUAL SUSPECTED OF ENGAGING IN BAD FAITH BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO DEFRAUD THE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM MAY BE REFERRED TO THE STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION FOR REVIEW OF THE OFFENDER’S CERTIFICATION.

  • October 2, 2020

    This year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) launched the Texas Success Initiative assessment (TSIA) 2.0. The new assessment includes an integrated reading and writing section. During this transition, the College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) calculation will acknowledge results across both versions. For students who took the original version (TSIA), the criteria that was adopted at that time will be used for college readiness determinations. For students taking the new version (TSIA 2.0), the newly adopted criteria will be used.

    For more information, visit the Texas Success Initiative and Development Education website.

  • September 25, 2020

    Performance Reporting has received numerous inquiries about TEA Login Accountability application access. TEAL Accountability application access varies across districts and charter schools, depending on staff roles and responsibilities; the application contains confidential student information related to accountability ratings. As such, only those district and charter school personnel who meet the requirements under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) should apply. The steps below describe the application process.

    1. Go to the TEA Login page.
    2. Click Request New User Account.
    3. Fill in the form and submit it. You will receive an email with your account information.
    4. Apply for access to the Accountability application by selecting My Application Accounts > Request New Account. Once an application is submitted for access, a notification is sent to the superintendent for approval.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

  • September 18, 2020

    As a reminder, the deadline for districts to submit corrections for College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) data for 2018-19 annual graduates plus 2018-19 non-graduating 12th graders via the CCMR Verifier is 5:00 p.m. CDT October 1st.

    If the district does not find any discrepancies or wish to request changes, no action is required.

    If discrepancies are found, districts must request changes with supporting documentation via the CCMR Verifier within the TEAL Accountability application.

    Please note, CCMR indicators determined by TSDS PEIMS submissions are not eligible for corrections, and therefore, are not shown. For more information, please view our one-pager or the CCMR Verifier Demonstration.

    If you have questions, please contact us at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. 

  • September 11, 2020

    A–F Accountability

    As a reminder, due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all districts and campuses received a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020 academic accountability. Therefore, 2020 ratings cannot be appealed.

    Local Accountability System

    Due to COVID-19-related uncertainty about school schedules, the local accountability team is adopting a flexible approach to district development of a local accountability plan. The Local Accountability Guide provides information about plan requirement and example components.

    Districts wishing to learn more about the local accountability system and how to develop a district local accountability plan can participant in an hour-long overview webinar with time for Q & A.

    Registration links are available for remaining webinar dates in September. Registration links for dates in October will be available soon.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2 pm

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3 pm

    Please contact the local accountability system team at LAS@tea.texas.gov for additional information or to set up a virtual meeting to discuss specifics related to your district.

    Local Accountability website: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/accountability/academic-accountability/local-accountability-system

  • September 4, 2020

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier Update

    Please note that the original release of the CCMR Verifier did not include credit for students who qualified for but rejected three or more hours of college credit through the OnRamps program.

    As of today, the 2020 Preliminary CCMR Student Listing (Excel) within the Verifier application has been updated to accurately reflect credit for these students. Due to technical complexities, the student selection screen will not be updated. Districts should verify the OnRamps data provided in the 2020 Preliminary CCMR Student Listing (Excel). If additional updates are needed, districts should use the Verifier to submit a change request.

     

    CCMR Tracker Update

    The original release of the CCMR Tracker also did not include credit for students who qualified for but rejected three or more hours of college credit through the OnRamps program. Performance Reporting staff is working to update the application and anticipate that it will be ready for redeployment next week. Please look for an update in next week’s bulletin.

     

    Snapshot Now Available

    Snapshot 2019: School District Profiles is now available on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/snapshot/index.html.

    Snapshot profiles public education in Texas, at both the state and district levels, and includes almost 100 separate data elements to either browse or download. Snapshot also combines the data into summary tables based on specific characteristics, and its peer-search function allows a user to group districts according to shared characteristics.

  • August 28, 2020

    Data reported within the time periods below are included in 2020 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) as reflected in the CCMR Verifier for school year 2018­–19 annual graduates. While all districts and campuses earned a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label for 2020 accountability, 2020 CCMR data will be used to determine CCMR Outcomes Bonuses and will be reported in the 2019–20 Texas Academic Performance Report. Additionally, this data could potentially be used in future accountability cycles if a district or campus requires small numbers analysis or if the CCMR methodology is revised to evaluate multiple years of data due to COVID-19.

    As a reminder, the CCMR Tracker includes students who were in grades 9–12 during school year 2019–20. Indicators are credited if earned within date ranges provided below for students beginning with grade 9 enrollment. TSI assessments are the only CCMR indicator that may be earned prior to grade 9. Indicators reported upon graduation (U.S. Armed Forces enlistment, IEP and workforce readiness graduates, and special education graduate with advanced graduation plan) do not appear in the Tracker.

    Indicator

    Data Reported For

    ACT college admissions test

    Tests as of July 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    AP examination

    Tests as of May 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    IB examination

    Tests as of May 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    TSI assessment

    Tests from June 2011 to October 2019 administration

    SAT college admissions test

    Tests as of June 2019 administration

    (2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years)

    OnRamps dual enrollment course completion

    Courses completed during the

    2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    Level I and Level II certificates

    Certificates earned during the

    2018–19, 2017–18, 2016– 17, and 2015–16 school years

    Dual credit course completion

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    U.S. Armed Forces enlistment

    Enlistment by the 2019 TSDS PEIMS fall snapshot date

    Industry-based certification

    Certifications earned by August 31, 2019

    Complete a CTE coherent sequence + course aligned with certification

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    Associates degree

    Degrees earned prior to 2019 graduation

    College prep course

    Courses completed during the 2018–19, 2017–18, 2016–17, and 2015–16 school years

    IEP and workforce readiness graduates

    Graduation programs completed by 2019 graduation

    Special education graduate with advanced graduation plan

    Graduation programs completed by 2019 graduation

     

  • August 21, 2020

    Performance Reporting released the following products this week.

    Product

    Description

    Location

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier

    Corrections system within the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application containing a list of 2018–19 annual graduates plus non-graduating 12th graders and CCMR outcomes.

    Districts have through October 1 to electronically submit documentation for updates to student records. Click here for additional information.

    TEAL Accountability

    CCMR Tracker

    Tracking tool within the TEAL Accountability application that provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 during school year 2019–20. Outcomes provided are as of the 2018–19 school year. This is lagging data.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA; this report is for informational purposes only. If districts find errors, they are encouraged to work with testing vendors to make corrections prior to the student’s graduation. Click here for additional information.

    TEAL Accountability

    Postsecondary Outcomes Report

    Report showing postsecondary outcomes, including the percentage of graduates who earned any two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification for districts and campuses with 2011 graduates.

    TXschools.gov

     

    Please note that while previous communications indicated that the Public Education Grant (PEG) List

    Please note that while previous communications indicated that the Public Education Grant (PEG) List would be released on August 14th, to reduce unnecessary communication to districts, the official release will be pushed to later this fall. As stated in the 2020 Accountability Manual, “…because ratings were not issued in 2020, the campuses identified for PEG based on 2019 ratings will remain on the 2021–22 PEG List.”

  • August 14, 2020

    Valuable new features and updated data elements are now available on TXschools.gov. This year, given the impact of COVID-19, all districts and schools received an accountability label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster. Accountability labels and data shown on TXschools.gov reflect prior year(s) accountability outcomes; however, finance and profile data were updated to reflect the most current information.

    What is new?

    • Map Filtering Options: The school map search features new filtering options that allow users to refine their school search to specific characteristics. Users can filter by
    • Academic Programs (to learn more, click here);
    • School Enrollment Type (to learn more, click here);
    • School Type (to learn more, click here);
    • School Designations (to learn more, click here); and
    • School Ratings.
    • Online/Virtual Schools: Users can search for Online/Virtual Schools (Texas Virtual School Network) using the map search feature. These public schools are TEA-accredited, free, full-time online schools serving eligible Texas public school students in grades 3–12. To learn more, click here.
    • Homepage Redesign: The TXschools.gov homepage has a new look. Users can search for a school using their address or current location or by school or district name. Also, the TexasAssessment.gov site can now be accessed from any page on the site.
    • Postsecondary Outcomes Report: Users can access the new Postsecondary Outcomes report for any school or district with graduation data. The Postsecondary Outcomes report shows the percentage of graduates who earned a two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification up to five years after high school graduation.
    • Profile Page Information: The school Profile page includes select academic program offerings and school designations.

    What else is coming?

    • Spanish TXschools.gov Site: Users will be able to access TXschools.gov in Spanish by clicking the “Español” button in the top right of any page (coming August 31, 2020).
    • Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) Links: Links to the HTML version of TAPR will be updated with available 2020 data elements on a rolling basis as they are released on the TEA website (coming fall 2020).
    • Purple Star School Designation: Schools earning a Purple Star designation will be added to the school map search filtering capabilities. To learn more, click here (coming October 2020).
    • Analyze Tool: The Analyze Tool will be updated to reflect the most current finance data (coming August 31, 2020).

    Be sure to check out these exciting new features and send any questions or comments to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

  • August 7, 2020

    Performance Reporting staff met with the Accountability Technical Advisory and the Accountability Policy Advisory Committees on July 20th and 21st to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 accountability. To view meeting materials and summaries, please visit the 2021 Accountability Development Materials webpage

    The committees will reconvene in October to review the beginning of the school year and continue 2021 accountability development. 

  • July 31, 2020

    Accelerated Testers Waiver

    In May 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requested a waiver of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to broaden the advanced mathematics exception to include all middle school students administered the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course (EOC) assessments in mathematics, reading/language arts, and science. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) approved this waiver request on July 20, 2020 eliminating the need for double testing.

    Beginning in the 2020–21 school year, a middle school student, who is completing instruction in a high school course that has a corresponding EOC assessment, will be administered the corresponding EOC assessment (not the grade-level assessment). The STAAR EOC assessment may be used to fulfill the student’s graduation requirement and will be used for the campus’ and district’s accountability calculations. This waiver aligns assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible. As required now, students who have completed STAAR EOC assessments while in middle school must take either the ACT or the SAT once in high school to fulfill federal testing requirements.

    For example, a grade 8 student who receives instruction in Algebra I would take the Algebra I EOC and either a mathematics SAT or ACT in high school. A grade 7 student who receives instruction in Algebra I would take the Algebra I EOC in grade 7, the mathematics STAAR in grade 8, and either a mathematics SAT or ACT in high school.

    A copy of the waiver request and USDE response are available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/about_tea/laws_and_rules/essa/every_student_succeeds_act/.

    Student Success Initiative (SSI)

    Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor and the commissioner of education waived the requirements regarding grade promotion for students in fifth and eighth grade for the 2020–21 school year. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools are not required to apply for a waiver of these SSI requirements. 

    Students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are still required to take the appropriate STAAR assessments once. Regardless of their score, retest opportunities will not be provided. Districts will have local discretion on whether these students should advance to the next grade, just like students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7. These decisions should be based on local criteria that reflect a student’s academic achievement and mastery of subject matter, and should include STAAR assessment results, along with other relevant information. Districts are still responsible for providing accelerated instruction and supports for students that fail to perform satisfactorily on STAAR. Furthermore, although students in grades 5 and 8 will not be retained solely on the basis of STAAR results, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will remain accountable for student performance. 

    As a part of this waiver, there will only be one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments for the 2020–21 school year. This administration will be in May to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3–8 assessments. The 2020–2021 testing calendar has been updated to reflect these changes. 

  • July 24, 2020

    2020 Accountability Manual

    The administrative rule adoption process for Chapters 1–11 of the 2020 Accountability Manual is complete; the final versions are available at http://tea.texas.gov/2020accountabilitymanual.aspx. Also, because appendices for 2020 were irrelevant this year, they will not be posted.

    The 2020 Accountability Manual describes the 2020 accountability system and explains how information from various sources would have been used to measure district and campus performance, assign accountability ratings, and award distinction designations. Below is a summary of the changes that were made to the adopted version of Chapters 1–11.

    At adoption, page numbers throughout Chapters 1–11 of the 2020 Accountability Manual were updated. The adopted text also includes the following changes either to provide clarification to readers or in response to public comment.

    Chapter 1 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that due to extraordinary public health and safety circumstances and the closure of schools during the state's testing window inhibiting the ability of the state to accurately measure district and campus performance, the 2020 rating label Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster is issued to all districts and campuses.

    Chapter 2 was not changed.

    Chapter 3 was not changed.

    Chapter 4 was updated in response to public comment to indicate that all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020, and, therefore, TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate results are not evaluated.

    Chapter 5 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that in 2020, all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster overall and for each domain and that the remainder of Chapter 5 describes how A-F ratings for overall and domain performance would have been applied to districts and campuses if ratings had been assigned.

    Chapter 6 was not changed.

    Chapter 7 was updated to clarify that the pairing process is not necessary in 2020 because districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster. Additionally, Chapter 7 was updated to state that the 2020 registration process occurred May 15-June 1, 2020, and that the final list of AEA campuses and AEA charter campuses will be posted on the TEA website in June 2020. Lastly, language was added in response to public comment to clarify that College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) and graduation rate outcomes are to be assigned to campuses of instruction, not campuses of origin. The types of programs and campuses to which the rule applies was also expanded to include Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECHs), schools of choice, academies, and other similar programs.

    Chapter 8 was revised in response to public comment to clarify that while districts and charter schools may appeal for any reason, the accountability system framework limits the likelihood that a single indicator or measure will result in a reduced rating. Chapter 8 was also revised to clarify that due to circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all districts and campuses are labeled Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for 2020 and that notwithstanding any other provision of the chapter, the 2020 rating label cannot be appealed.

    Chapter 9 was not changed.

    Chapter 10 was updated to state that notwithstanding any other provision of the chapter, campuses identified for comprehensive support and improvement, targeted support and improvement, and additional targeted support in 2019 maintain that label and interventions for the 2020-21 school year under the provisions on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the ESSA, waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education on March 30, 2020.

    Chapter 11 was not changed.

    Expanded 2021 Testing Windows

    Due to the impact of the current public health crisis, testing windows for the STAAR 3–8 assessments and STAAR end-of-course assessments have been expanded for the 2020–21 school year. This extension only applies to online testing windows and does not apply to paper administrations. Online testing windows for the 2020–21 school year are as follows:

    • two weeks for the December 2020 STAAR EOC assessments (December 8–18)
    • five weeks for the April 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 and EOC assessments (April 6–May 7)
    • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR EOC assessments (May 4–June 4)
    • five weeks for the May 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 assessments (May 11–June 11)
    • two weeks for the June 2021 STAAR grades 3-8 and EOC assessments (June 22–July 2)

    More information about 2020–21 testing window extensions is posted at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-Online-Testing-Extension-2020-2021.pdf

  • July 17, 2020

    The PDF version of the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) is scheduled to be released in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application and on the TEA public website this fall. The comprehensive online TAPR System (HTML version), now in its third year, includes additional indicators that are not published in the PDF TAPR. Most data in the HTML system will be processed and released prior to the PDF, followed by additional updates throughout the fall and winter.

    As a reminder, the TAPR has two forms: an online data system and a scaled back PDF version. The PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements. TAPR data downloads and a comprehensive glossary will be released in late winter.

  • July 10, 2020

    Performance Reporting Calendar

    Product

    Description

    Release Date

    Schools Identified for Improvement and Support

    List of campuses identified for school improvement for the 2020–21 school year.

    2019–20 campuses carry over with the following caveats:

    ·     “Re-identified” labels are removed. Campuses are labeled as “identified” or “progress.”

    ·     Campuses identified as comprehensive with a 2019 Closing the Gaps scaled score above the bottom five percent (regardless of letter grade) are labeled as “progress.”

    ·     Campuses identified for targeted or additional targeted solely based on the all students group are removed.

    Aug. 17

    College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier

    Corrections system within the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application containing a list of 2018–19 annual graduates plus non-graduating 12th graders and CCMR outcomes.

    Districts will have through October 1 to electronically submit documentation for updates to student records.

    Aug. 17

    CCMR Tracker

    Tracking tool within the TEAL Accountability application that provides districts with an early preview of CCMR status for students who were in grades 9–12 during the school year 2019–20.

    No corrections will be submitted to TEA; this report is for informational purposes only. If districts find errors, they are encouraged to work with testing vendors to make corrections prior to the student’s graduation.

    Aug. 17

    Public Education Grant (PEG) List

    List of campuses identified for PEG. Campuses identified in 2019 will remain on the 2021–22 PEG List.

    Aug. 17

    Postsecondary Outcomes Report

    Report showing postsecondary outcomes, including the percentage of graduates who earned any two-year or four-year degree, a Level I or Level II certificate, or an industry-based certification.

    Aug. 17

    CCMR Data Table

    Data table detailing CCMR outcomes for 2019 annual graduates with corrections submitted via the CCMR Verifier incorporated.

    Fall

    Graduation Rate Data Table

    Data table detailing 4-year, 5-year, and 6-year graduation rate outcomes.

    Fall

    Additional details and applicable instructions will be provided for each product upon its release.

  • April 17, 2020

    As a reminder, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19. Recently, answers to the following questions were made available. 

    • Will state accountability provisions be carried out this year? In recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 emergency, TEA is proposing to label all districts and campuses Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019-2020 school year. It is important to note that this rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. The proposed accountability manual, including this proposal, will be available for public comment beginning May 1 as part of the established accountability manual adoption process.
    • Will any sanctions be carried out in 2020-2021 for districts or campuses who were designated in need of improvement 2019-2020? What about comprehensive campuses? Under the Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster rating, districts and campuses shall continue to implement any previously ordered sanctions and interventions. This rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. As a result, ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
    • If a campus believes they would have gotten out of F status, can they use other data, such as a benchmark STAAR test, to provide evidence to change their rating? All campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster rating, and districts and campuses shall continue to implement any previously ordered sanctions and interventions. This rating does not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. As a result, ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
    • Will College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) data be used? CCMR data will be reported only on TEA reports such as Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). It will not be used in ratings calculations for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Will provisions be made to prevent loss of points in next year's ratings if CCMR points are affected by test cancellations? This has yet to be determined. We have also asked the US Department of Education for guidance on how lagging indicators affected by COVID-19 will impact next year’s accountability.
    • How will the statewide application of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster to all schools and districts in SY 2019-2020 affect the data used in the calculation of 2020-2021 accountability? Decisions regarding accountability for the 2020-2021 school year have not yet been made. Two advisory groups will have an opportunity to provide input into these decisions: the Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC), comprised of representatives from school districts and regional education service centers; and the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) comprised of representatives from legislative offices, school districts, and the business community. TEA will work with these stakeholders to determine how the accountability system will be affected in 2020-2021.
    • Will 2019-2020 PEIMS Summer Submission records have any effect on 2020-2021 accountability? How any lagging data indicators reported in 2019–2020 will be used in 2020–2021 accountability is to be determined, based on decisions made in consultation with ATAC and APAC, as described above.
    • How will schools that were rated unacceptable or triggered HB1842 during the previous year will be treated in 2020-2021 after the 2019-2020 application of Not Rated: Declared State of DisasterAny ordered sanctions and interventions carried out by districts and/or campuses in school year 2019-2020 will carry over and continue for school year 2020-2021.
  • April 10, 2020

    We’re continuing to monitor the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting effects on school districts. In addition to cancelling STAAR testing for April, May, and June 2020, Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order no. GA-14 that orders public schools to remain closed to students through May 4, 2020.

    On March 30, 2020, TEA received approval from U.S. Department of Education to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for the 2019–2020 school year. Additionally, for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster to recognize that the closure of schools during the state’s testing window inhibited the ability of the state to accurately measure district and campus performance. 

    The state accountability system relies on fair, reliable, and valid assessment results to assign ratings and to identify schools for support and improvement. Performance Reporting has received questions about the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions on future accountability systems. The agency is working internally and with the U.S. Department of Education to identify issues and develop possible solutions. We will also consult with stakeholders as soon as it is feasible to do so.

    As a reminder, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19. Questions specific to COVID-19 should be sent to the dedicated email address for all COVID-19 questions—disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov. Using this email, rather than emailing individual departments is the best way to ensure the agency tracks questions and responds in a timely manner.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    The 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system has been delayed due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on districts across the state. Tentatively, registration has been rescheduled for late spring. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and will provide districts with an updated timeline for AEA registration soon.

  • April 3, 2020

    ESSA Waiver Approval and 2020 State Accountability Ratings

    The agency received approval from U.S. Department of Education on March 30, 2020, to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by ESSA, for the 2019–20 school year.

    Additionally, for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.

    For additional details, view the To the Administrator Addressed letter.

  • March 27, 2020

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. Through statutory authority, Governor Greg Abbott has suspended the administration of STAAR testing scheduled for April, May, and June 2020.  Executive Order no. GA-08 has ordered public schools to remain closed to students through April 3, 2020, unless that period is extended by the governor.

    Statewide school closure and waiving STAAR testing requirements is unprecedented in recent history, and Performance Reporting has received several questions specific to disruptions caused by COVID-19. In order to address questions raised during this rapidly changing situation, the agency has created the Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and guidance website as the primary source of up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions about disruptions caused by COVID-19.

    The agency has also created a dedicated email address for all COVID-19 questions—disasterinfo@tea.texas.gov. Using this email, rather than emailing individual departments is be the best way to ensure the agency tracks questions and responds in a timely manner.

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Request

    TEA has asked the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to waive the assessment and accountability requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), for the 2019–2020 school year. Texas is requesting that for the 2019–2020 school year, federal assessment, accountability, and federal identification of schools for improvement requirements be waived in recognition of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

    The approval of this waiver would not break the chain of consecutive years of low performance under section ESSA, 1111(b)(4)(D). To view the complete amendment request, visit https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/laws-andrules/essa/every-student-succeeds-act.

    All comments on this proposed amendment are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020, by electronic mail addressed to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

    Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Registration

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 on districts across the state, the 2020 AEA campus registration process for the state academic accountability system has been rescheduled for April 27 to May 8, 2020. Campuses rated by 2019 AEA provisions are reregistered automatically in 2020, provided that the campus continues to meet enrollment and at-risk criteria as determined by TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data. New this year, campuses that were not registered in 2019 but meet eligibility in 2020 will be automatically registered for AEA by the agency. Districts may choose to remove a campus from evaluation under AEA procedures by submitting an AEA rescission form through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Additional instructions for the rescission request will be provided before the AEA window opens.

  • March 6, 2020

    Accountability Development

    Earlier today the 2020 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework was posted online at http://tea.texas.gov/2020AccountabilityDevelopment. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2020 accountability system, which were informed by feedback from the public and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

    Key chapters of the 2020 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

    For questions about the 2020 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

    Data Quality Reminder

    Data quality is the cornerstone of a fair and uniform rating determination. In the coming weeks, district and charter schools will receive pre-coded answer documents based on information provided through Texas Student Data System Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS) or district-provided files. Student identification information and data on answer documents or online testing records must be verified and, if necessary, corrected prior to submitting for scoring. Inaccurate student information may prevent the current test administration data from merging with a student’s permanent record.

    District and campus testing coordinators should refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide for specific instructions on viewing and editing student information before an administration.